History Main / LudicrousPrecision

4th Apr '16 6:29:35 PM xenol
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* In computer and communication systems, timing can be highly important. As an example of a laser communication system, its base clock speed is 15MHz. Which may not sound like much until you consider that it requires a 1 part per million tolerance over time (meaning it cannot deviate by 15Hz, ever). Most oscillators you find at parts stores are typically in the parts per thousands.

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* In computer and communication systems, timing can be highly important. As an example of is important, especially at higher clock speeds. To ease equipment protocol and hardware design, a laser communication system, its base known clock speed is 15MHz. Which may not sound like much until you consider that it requires a 1 set on the sender and receiver. The world isn't perfect, meaning one or the other will start to drift. The ludicrous part per million comes in not just how tight the timing is due to the clock signal itself (which can be on the order of nanoseconds of precision), but how far they can deviate. A lot of high-end equipment may have a tolerance over time (meaning it of 1 part in a million, meaning a 15MHz signal cannot deviate by 15Hz, ever). Most oscillators you find at parts stores are typically in the parts per thousands.15 Hz, ever.
1st Feb '16 7:51:38 AM KakuradyDrakenar
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** Averted if the [[DependingOnTheWriter editor]] uses the convert template, which automatically takes care of significant digits.
27th Jan '16 8:30:52 AM MarsJenkar
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* One convenience food packet instructed users to use "18 fl. oz." or "511 ml" of water in cooking it. Whilst accurate conversions of each other, neither measurement is achievable using a kitchen measuring jug; at that end of the scale, the divisions are usually to the nearest 5 fl.oz. or 25 ml. It would have been more reasonable to say 20 fl. oz. or 500 ml.

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* One convenience food packet instructed users to use "18 fl. oz." or "511 ml" of water in cooking it. Whilst accurate conversions of each other, neither measurement is achievable using a kitchen measuring jug; at that end of the scale, the divisions are usually to the nearest 5 fl.oz. or 25 ml. It would have been more reasonable to say 20 fl. oz. or 500 ml. In the U.S., you would be more likely to see "2 1/4 cup" for the former, which would indeed correspond to 18 fluid ounces.
%% Where is that last example from? Britain? It would be a non-issue in the United States, because our measuring cups do measure to the nearest 2 fluid ounces by default, as "1/4 cup", so 18 fluid ounces would be handled without too much trouble. On the other hand, measuring to the nearest 5 fluid ounces isn't a usual practice in the United States, likely because the local definition of a pint is not the same as on the other side of the pond--16 ounces instead of 20, so a quarter of a pint in the U.S. would be 4 ounces, not 5.
15th Jan '16 12:23:46 PM Anddrix
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* If there's a chart, [[ViewersAreMorons it won't have error bars]]. Ever.

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* If there's a chart, [[ViewersAreMorons it won't have error bars]].bars. Ever.
12th Jan '16 7:59:57 PM DrFraud
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10139565/12/Travel-Secrets-Third Travel Secrets: Third]] a Harry who sent his magic and memories back to his younger self requests a time turner for his second run-through of third year and the Unspeakable who's supposed to issue it to him casts a spell to verify his age so that they can check it later to make sure he didn't exceed the regulated amount of use.

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10139565/12/Travel-Secrets-Third Travel Secrets: Third]] Third]]'' a Harry who sent his magic and memories back to his younger self requests a time turner for his second run-through of third year and the Unspeakable who's supposed to issue it to him casts a spell to verify his age so that they can check it later to make sure he didn't exceed the regulated amount of use.
12th Jan '16 7:59:29 PM DrFraud
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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9830316/2/Phoenix-Tears Phoenix Tears]]'', after Harry and Ginny were forced to abort their first child due to it having Trisomy-13:
-->It had been twenty-six weeks, four days, seven hours and--Harry checked his watch--eleven minutes since he and Ginny had lost their son.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8757184/1/The-end-was-only-the-beginning The End Was Only the Beginning]]'' Harry leaves the UK after a distraught Mrs. Weasley accuses him of being a "harbinger of death." When he returns five years later in the line of duty, now-Minister of Magic Arthur Weasley unthinkingly comments on how long it's been and Harry doesn't take it well.
-->Lastly, and just for the record; it's been five years, two months, six days and fourteen minutes since I've suffered the misfortune of our association.


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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11092196/9/Xtreme-Freak Xtreme Freak]]'':
-->When the Oracle of Delphi tells you in a clear and certain tone that you have forty-nine days, thirteen hours, thirteen minutes and fifty-two seconds to finish your work; you don't argue, you just get busy.
9th Jan '16 8:28:18 AM hamza678
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* The original ''LeeroyJenkinsVideo'': [[MemeticMutation "I'm coming up with thirty-two point three three, repeating of course, percentage of survival."]]

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* The original ''LeeroyJenkinsVideo'': ''WebVideo/LeeroyJenkinsVideo'': [[MemeticMutation "I'm coming up with thirty-two point three three, repeating of course, percentage of survival."]]
2nd Jan '16 3:31:42 PM Arcorann
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* One frequent example of the above is in the altitude display of flight seat-back entertainment systems, which appear to measure in thousands of feet, but display in both metres and feet. Occasionally one can see the display jump from 9144 to 8839 metres due to this.
15th Dec '15 8:56:14 PM Prfnoff
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* One article in the ''Annals of Improbable Research'' researched the question "how much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood," and concluded that "''Marmota monax'' is able to chuck wood at a rate of 361.9237001 cubic centimeters per day."


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* One article in the ''Annals of Improbable Research'' researched the question "how much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood," and concluded that "''Marmota monax'' is able to chuck wood at a rate of 361.9237001 cubic centimeters per day."
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29th Nov '15 11:05:14 AM thatother1dude
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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': The American version of Pokédex entries are known for this. Instead of making up new measures for some of the Pokémon, the localizers decided to simply convert the metric to imperial, resulting in all small Pokémon being lumped into measurements of either 4 inches, 8 inches, 1 foot, 1 foot 4 inches, etc. And in the case of temperature: "Regice cloaks itself with frigid air of negative 328 degrees Fahrenheit." In Japan, it's -200 degrees Celsius.

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': The American version of Pokédex entries are known for this. Instead of making up new converting round metric numbers into imperial measures for some of the Pokémon, the localizers decided to simply convert the metric to imperial, resulting in without any rounding. Thus all small Pokémon being are lumped into measurements of either 4 inches, 8 inches, 1 foot, 1 foot 4 inches, etc. And in the case of temperature: "Regice cloaks itself with frigid air of negative 328 degrees Fahrenheit." In Japan, it's -200 degrees Celsius.
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